CYD Cancun (’10)

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Lars Boggild

Lars Boggild is an undergraduate student in his second year of study at Dalhousie University, where he studies political science and sustainability in the Environment, Sustainability, and Society Program at the College of Sustainability. Lars keeps himself busy outside the classroom playing tennis, ultimate frisbee, or writing performance poetry. He has been an environmental advocate since high school, playing a major role in his high school’s sustainable action committee, and recently winning environment Canada’s “Nature Matters” contest, through which his poetry has been broadcast at the Biosphere in Montreal. He is an active and successful university debater, in his first year winning the Atlantic Canadian Novice debate championships. Lars is a Canadian International Climate Champion under the British Council’s Climate Generation Program, for which he attended the International Youth Forum on Climate Finance in Shanghai, China. Recognized for his academic excellence, he is a recipient of the Governor General’s bronze award, as well as receiving honours in his first year at university. Lars hopes to use his passion for environmental issues to leverage positive change in our world and draw us closer to a sustainable future.

Malkolm Boothroyd


Malkolm Boothroyd is an 18 year old from Whitehorse, Yukon. He took up activism at age 8, dressing up as a caribou calf and joining a rally outside BP’s annual shareholder’s meeting in London, to protest BP’s aspirations to drill for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Since then he has looked for creative ways to combine activism with his love of the outdoors. When he was 15 Malkolm and his parents cycled from the Yukon to Florida, raising money for bird conservation and raising awareness about climate change. Last summer he joined Pedal for the Planet, cycling from Whitehorse to Ottawa to urge Canadian politicians to take climate change seriously. This fall Malkolm is cycling from Alaska to Washington DC, joining the 350.org ride Solutions Revolution. He hopes that American politicians will listen to their message, unlike the Canadian Government, which ignored repeated requests for meetings during Pedal for the Planet. From Washington Malkolm will take sustainable ground transit the rest of the way to Cancun to join with the rest of the CYD. Follow Malkolm’s progress through his blog on the CYD website!

Amber Church

Amber is the National Director of the Canadian Youth Climate Coalition and a M.Sc. student in Earth Science at Simon Fraser University.  She studies glacier retreat, climate change, water, and natural hazards in the Yukon.  She founded and co-chaired the International Polar Year Youth Steering Committee (now the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists – APECS).  The committee’s goals are to involve youth in all aspects of polar research and policy, to increase collaboration between the sciences, arts and education, and to foster respect for different ways of knowing.  Amber’s passion is climate change.  She was part of the official youth delegation to the UN Climate Change Meetings in 2005 and was one of 200 Canadians selected by the Climate Project Canada to be trained by Al Gore to present an updated version of the award-winning Inconvenient Truth slideshow.  She was recently honoured to lead the Canadian Youth Delegation to COP 15, the United Nations Climate Change Meetings taking place in Copenhagen in December 2009.  She travelled to Antarctica in 2006 with Students on Ice as part of their education staff and joined them again in August 2008 for their Arctic Expedition.  She is currently working with SFU’s Adaptation to Climate Change Team and the Canadian Parks Council; volunteering with Me to We and Apathy is Boring; and in her free time facilitates workshops for Waterlution, a non-profit organization who brings young professionals together around complex water issues.  Her background in and love of sport lead her to help run the snowboard and freestyle skiing course crews for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics and to her current work as a coach for Special Olympics Yukon.  She and her husband, Tyler Kuhn, live in Whitehorse, Yukon while they try to pool enough financial resources for their next adventure.

Stephan Cronin

Stephan Cronin is a 25 year old from London, Ontario. He currently is in 4th year of Management and Organizational studies at the University of Western Ontario. Stephan also is currently a full time employee at General Motors Ingersoll (CAMI), where he has been actively involved with the Canadian Auto Workers.  Through his interests with the Canadian Auto Workers, Stephan has branched off to work with such organizations as the Canadian Labour Congress, the Ontario Federation of Labour, the London and District Labour Council, The King’s University College Student Council, the Climate Action Network and several other organizations. Stephan was a participant in the Canadian Youth Delegation at COP 14 in Poznan, Poland.  At COP 14, Stephan worked with the international youth policy group, stayed in contact with the environment critics from Canada and was a small delegation representative for Trinidad and Tobago.

Jennifer Dagg

Jennifer is from Ontario, but her passion for the environment and people of Canada’s North have led her to Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.  Jennifer completed a B.Sc. in Environmental Science at the University of Guelph and M.Sc. at Trent University, where her research focused on the effects of climate change on the carbon cycle in tundra vegetation. While at Trent, she was one of the principal founders of a climate change awareness group, and she now works with the NWT Climate Justice Collective to promote regional action on climate change. Currently, Jennifer is a Technical and Policy Analyst with the Pembina Institute, where she works with First Nations, government and companies to promote climate change adaptation and renewable energy in the Arctic. Jennifer has worked previously for Parks Canada and the Grand River Conservation Authority, and has experience in environmental education and arctic ecology from northern Manitoba, Northwest Territories and Yukon Territory.

Catherine Gauthier

Catherine Gauthier attended its first UN Conference on Climate Change in Montreal, in 2005. When she was only 16, Catherine was chosen to deliver the youth speech to the plenary, with 10 000 delegates present. Two years later, in autumn 2007, the United Nations Secretary General invited her to speak at the UN General Assembly during a high-level event on climate change taking place in New York. This opportunity led her to the Bali Conference that year.

Her leadership was recognized by her peers. She is a laureate of the Millennium Scholarship Foundation’s millennium excellence awards and also of the Toyota Earth Day Scholarship Program. Last year, Catherine took part in the conference in Copenhagen. Although negotiations have not concluded a legally binding agreement, Catherine has met the Premier of Quebec, official members of the Canadian delegation as well as many international delegates.

This year, the young woman is part of the coordination team of the delegation. In addition to its environmental commitment, she studied at the University of Montreal in International Studies and is working part time at Équiterre.

Cam Gray

Cam Gray hails originally from the plains of Saskatchewan, but has spent the majority of his life in the Okanagan Valley and on Vancouver Island in BC. He has recently completed the third year of an Honours Bachelor in International Development and Globalization with a Minor in Environmental Studies at the University of Ottawa and will take a yearlong sabbatical before returning to complete his degree.  Cam has been strongly implicated with various environmental and social-justice organizations since high school. Over the past year he served as the Polaris Institute’s campaigns intern and co-championed the Bottled Water Free Campaign, which successfully removed the sale of bottled water from his campus. In addition he worked as the outreach coordinator for Colwood Community Place, a Victoria based NGO, and he helped design an eco-awareness summer camp program for youth aged six to sixteen.  Cam advocates for an increased involvement of youth and representatives from the Global South in international climate and environmental negotiations to promote a truly sustainable and equitable future. He believes that other worlds are possible through the power of community building and the removal of oppressive societal frameworks. He is thoroughly excited to continue to learn from those around him and hopes to be able to share some of his knowledge through his work and travels.

Holly Goulding

Holly Goulding loves the beautiful landscapes of northern Canada! She currently lives in Whitehorse, Yukon and works for Yukon Environment on a climate change adaptation project around water resources. She has a BEng in Environmental Engineering from Dalhousie University and an MSc in Geography from the University of Victoria in the fields of northern hydrology and climatology, focused on ice break-up flooding in the Mackenzie Delta. Holly has worked on water and climate issues through the lens of international development, volunteering in Canada and overseas with Engineers Without Borders Canada. She has volunteered for local climate action campaigns, and is currently intrigued by the issues of food security in her northern home. An avid climber, hiker, paddler, and biker, this adventure-addict loves wide open spaces, fresh air, and fluffy backcountry powder snow.

Julianne Gu

Julianne is currently studying law at the University of Toronto but has lived in Saskatchewan for most of her life.  She has been involved with environmental activism since high school, and was a recipient of the Toyota Earthday Scholarship and the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation Provincial Excellence Award.  For three years Julianne was a Director of the Canadian Environmental Network (RCEN), an incredibly rewarding experience where she learned about non-profit governance.  Julianne has also spent time volunteering abroad in Malaysia with a local women’s NGO researching court support programs for victims of sexual crimes.  She is very excited to be part of the CYD and looks forward to a mind-blowing two weeks in Mexico.

Maggie Knight

Hailing from Victoria, BC, Maggie Knight grew up in the natural splendour of Canada’s West Coast. A McGill Environment & Economics student, Maggie works in McGill’s Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation Research Group and is completing her Honours thesis concerning the governance of food security policy in Victoria. An advocate for youth education and empowerment, she has organized training camps for youth sustainability leaders in BC and worked with CYCC and hundreds of Canadian youth as National Outreach and Recruitment Coordinator for Power Shift Canada. On campus, Maggie is the President of Journalists for Human Rights McGill, founded Climate And Sustainability Advocacy (CASA) McGill, and supported the campus sustainability movement as Environment Commissioner for her student union. She currently serves on the governance bodies of the Sierra Youth Coalition, Canada’s largest youth environmental organization; goBeyond, the largest campus sustainability network in BC; the Students’ Society of McGill University; and the Canadian Friends Service Committee. She believes in the importance of science-based policy, scientifically-literate media, and researchers communicating with the general public. A published journalist and experienced media trainer, Maggie is passionate about the power of the media to create change.  Her innovation and leadership have been recognized by several awards, including a national Millennium Excellence Award, a Toyota Earth Day Award, and a Goldman Sachs Foundation Global Leaders Award. In her spare time, Maggie can be found cooking up delicious local food and playing with her SPCA foster kitten.

Raili Lakanen

Raili Lakanen is in the second year of a Masters program in Environmental Planning at the University of Toronto. Her research on the role of social capital networks and local capacity in sustainability planning is supported by a SSHRC scholarship. She is a Junior Fellow at Massey College at the University of Toronto. Growing up in Sudbury, Ontario, was a catalyst in inspiring Raili’s interest in the natural and built environment. She received her Honours Bachelor degree in Environmental Studies and Geography from Queen’s University, where she was the co-chair of the Queen’s Earth Centre for two years. She is a member of the Canadian Environmental Network’s Youth Caucus Steering Committee and on the Steering Committee for the Sierra Youth Coalition’s National Sustainable Campuses Conference 2010. She has worked for the City of Greater Sudbury, Nickel District Conservation Authority, and the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. For two summers, she has promoted youth leadership in local food systems through her involvement with the Farmyard Gardens project in Sudbury. In her spare time, Raili enjoys taking ballet lessons, improving her improvisational theatre skills, and spending time with friends and family.

Joanna MacDonald

Joanna is a fourth year Environmental Science Co-op student at the University of Guelph. For the past three years she has been contributing to the effort to ban bottled water from campus with the Guelph Students for Environmental Change. Her experience with climate change issues is very diverse spanning from climate change standards and carbon accounting to youth engagement to climate change and public health. Joanna has also done research looking at Inuit youth observations and perceptions of climate change. In her free time she is an avid movie watcher and loves to bake cookies. Joanna is thrilled to be a part of the CYD again this year and can’t wait for the adventures to come!

Erica Nickels

Erica grew up in a family that moved from Montreal to Saskatoon before settling in Kitchener-Waterloo, and it’s taken years of traveling to discover that Southern Ontario is indeed the place that she calls home.  After 19 years of school learning, Erica has finally realized that the most important and valuable lessons she has ever learned have all happened outside of the traditional classroom.  After spending a year with the Sustainable High Schools project at the Sierra Youth Coalition, she has gotten involved with a community of folks in southern Ontario who are working to build a culture of nature awareness and connection through outdoor education, skills development, and mentorship. She is extremely excited not only to learn more about the United Nation’s model during the negotiations in Cancun, but also to explore how stories of community resilience and adaptation to climate change can be shared in a way that empowers other communities facing similar challenges to facilitate change in their own neighbourhoods and cities.

Emilie Novaczek

My name is Emilie Novaczek, I was born and raised in (very) rural  Prince Edward Island, but traveled a lot as a kid and spent a couple  years in Indonesia. I came out to Halifax for the Foundation Year  Philosophy Program at Kings, and now I’m working on a combined honours  in Biology and Sustainability. I’ve been involved in environmental action since I was a kid — my mom used to bring my sister and I to protests and one of my earliest memories  is an elaborate fish costume we had when we were lobbying for better  buffer zones after a series of fish kills.

Growing up on the coast has really made me passionate about marine  issues, and I’m working on getting out to the Carribean during winter  semester to study sustainability and the coral reefs. I’ve also been  involved with the Youth on the Coast and Coastal Zone Canada. I also  love food. Love it. I spent six years working at the Charlottetown
Farmer’s Market and now I’m involved with an alternative food co-op  here at Kings.

This summer I was working with SuperNOVA, through Dalhousie, doing classroom workshops and science camps. I’ve also been a riding coach and a photographer at a super kitschy antique photo studio in Cavendish, PEI. Outside of class, I keep busy with a couple part time jobs (science workshops & campus police), Action! King’s (a student group that focuses on sustainability and student rights) and KAFCA (the King’s Alternative Food Coop Association).

Tasha Peters

Born in Edmonton, raised in Calgary, and with roots in the Peace River region, Tasha is a true Albertan.  Though she comes from a settler background, Tasha is in solidarity with the region’s First Peoples, who are frequently the most impacted by Alberta’s contradictory and often devastating oil and gas industry.  Despite the multiple pairs of cowboy boots she has to show for her roots, Tasha has lived near Toronto, on Kasabonika First Nation, in Vancouver, and is currently a political science and environmental studies student in Ottawa.  She is particularly passionate about studying power relations, their institutionalization, and their impact on humans’ relationships with each other and the rest of ecology.  Aside from school, Tasha has intense fervour for two-wheeled transportation, local and vegan food experimentation, watching the stars, scaling mountains, and dancing to anything with a beat.  When she’s not busy with school, bikes, or dancing, Tasha likes meeting the world’s diverse peoples and has learned English, French, German, and Spanish to help her.  She’s also worked with a variety of environmental and social justice organisations since grade 7, and took a brief break to work as a House of Commons page, learning more about Canadian politics than she ever wanted to know.  Now that she’s once again working towards climate justice, Tasha is excited to attend COP16 in Cancun, particularly to bring to the forefront voices of those most affected by climate change.

Lena Phillips

Lena Phillips recently completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto where she double majored in International Relations and Environmental Policy & Practice. She has a keen interest in urban issues, environmental sustainability and the arts. These interests have been thoroughly developed through her professional, international and volunteer experience. Over the years she has worked as a National Historic Site Interpreter, Front of House Manager, and administrative assistant in various private and non-profit environments including Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre and FoodShare. Having lived much of her life on Prince Edward Island, she worked for the local Red Cross as a part of a water safety and outdoor leadership program for youth. Her extracurricular experience has also been extensive and has included GreenPower Canada, the World University Service of Canada, various college administrative councils and U of T’s United Nations Society. The latter allowed her to travel across North America and attend conferences with youth from around the world at universities such as Harvard, McGill and Queens. Notably, international experiences have played a large part in her life. After high school she spent a year as an exchange student in Switzerland. Since then she has volunteered abroad mainly throughout Central and South America. As such, she speaks four languages. She eventually intends to pursue a master’s degree in Urban Planning.

Amara Possian

An Armenian-Canadian born and raised in Toronto, Amara is completing her final year of a Joint Honours BA in Political Science and Middle East Studies at McGill University.  Amara’s involvement in the youth climate movement was sparked after she traveled to Washington D.C. with the McGill Delegation to attend Power Shift 2009. Since then, Amara has served as the National Volunteer Coordinator for Power Shift Canada, Canada’s largest youth summit on climate change, blogged for the CYCC from the UNFCCC intersessional negotiations in Bonn, and had the opportunity to collaborate with and learn from some pretty inspiring folks. She recently returned from studying abroad in France and Turkey, and is stage managing a production of Martin Crimp’s Attempts on Her Life while representing her peers on the McGill University Senate. In Cancun, she will be tracking and translating policy while blogging for the CYD, McGill’s Climate and Sustainability Advocacy Project, the McGill Daily, and Écotrip.
[Contact her at a.possian@gmail.com or via twitter @amarapossian]

Marie-Marguerite Sabongui

An Egyptian-Canadian born and raised in Montreal, Marie-Marguerite has been a professional actor since the age of 17 and has been passionate about using her position in the public eye to effect positive change. She is the founder of Greener Sets / Plateau vert, an organization aimed at helping the culture industry reduce its environmental footprint. Compelled by questions of water scarcity, she has travelled extensively to work with various local and international organisations, including Child Haven in Nepal and the Bellairs Research Institute in Barbados. In April 2008, Marie-Marguerite was trained by Nobel Laureate Al Gore to educate the public on solutions to climate change as a member of The Climate Project Canada. October that year, she spoke to students across the country as part of the David Suzuki Foundation and Canadian Federation of Students’ Students for Sustainability Campus Tour. Selected as one of twelve young international leaders for a year of professional development and cultural and intellectual exchange, she spent 2008-2009 as a Sauvé Scholar. She holds a First-Class Honours B.A. in international development and English cultural studies from McGill University and has just completed a Masters’ in Environmental Science and Policy at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. She can currently be seen on Canadian screens in the Rogers My5 commercials, in the Ashley Tisdale movie “Picture This,” and in Denis Villeneuve’s forthcoming “Incendies.” She’s also got a Lego action figure from her days as Allegra Zane on the Fox Kid’s show “Galidor: Defenders of the Outer Dimension” – she’s really (really!) keen to join this year’s CYD and be a defender of this dimension.

Rob Stewart

Rob Stewart (BSc) spent four years traveling the world as the chief photographer for the
Canadian Wildlife Federation magazines and his work has appeared in media outlets worldwide. While on assignment to photograph hammerhead sharks in the Galapagos he discovered miles of illegal long lines. The fishermen fled, leaving hundreds of dead and dying sharks, which Rob tried to rescue. He believed that if people could see the beauty in sharks, and learn about the vital role they play in our ecosystem, people would want to fight to protect them.

His debut film, Sharkwater, documents his unbelievable adventure of a beautiful underwater film that turns into real life drama with pirate boat rammings, gunboat chases, mafia espionage, corrupt court systems and attempted murder charges. Through it all, he discovered these magnificent creatures have gone from predator to prey, and how they could easily be wiped out due to human greed.

Stewart’s remarkable journey of courage and determination exposed the shark finning industry to audiences and spawned conservation movements worldwide. He continues to promote ocean conservation and is currently working on his next film: a how-to guide to start the revolution necessary to save the planet, and ultimately, humanity.

Adam Thomas

Adam Thomas is a Carrier man of the Grouse Clan from Saik’uz First Nations. He is currently pursuing a bachelor degree in Environmental Planning at the University of Northern British Columbia as well as continuing his education in Carrier traditions, which include the Traditional Ecological Knowledge specific to his territory.  During the past year at UNBC, he has served as the First Nations Representative for the Northern Undergraduate Student and as the director of the campus climate network goBEYOND, which engages students, faculty, staff, and community partners at post-secondary institutions in order to promote an active and positive stance regarding climate change. The organization hopes to promote responsibility in regards to our social and economic impacts while taking the opportunity to create climate change solutions for our communities. Outside of campus organizations, he volunteers with local environment group Sea to Sands Conservation Alliance, which works to prevent the Northern Gateway Pipeline through educational initiatives on the severe consequences it would inflict upon the surrounding areas.  Adam is also an advocate for Indigenous rights, working with organizations such as the Indigenous Environmental Network, which seeks to educate and to take action against climate change.  Adam is optimistic that together, with his colleagues, that we can create a greater future- and in the meantime he wishes to continue to learn from the people he has and will meet along the way.

Olivia Toussaint-Martin

Olivia grew up in Quebec City, raised in both English and French. She studied at Le Petit Seminaire de Quebec, a private French speaking school. However, she is fully bilingual and presently conducting all her studies in English. It was at the Petite Seminaire de Quebec where she first became interested and seriously involved in internationally oriented projects. Her first practical experience was a cultural immersion in Costa Rica, where she learned to appreciate inter-cultural relations living with a local family. It is here where she recognized her passion for travelling and experienced firsthand different cultures. Shortly thereafter, she led the logistics committee of the Arctic Climate Change Youth Forum. This was her first major contact with the climate change debate as she was working with climate researchers, environmental organizations and other participants. This inspired her to participate at the student day of the 2008 Arctic Change Conference where she represented the Youth Forum. This experience in turn led her to become involved in her current project – Eco St-Law, an environmental group that tries to raise awareness among students and make the school as green as possible. Her involvement with the Youth Climate Coalition will be a unique opportunity for Olivia to enrich what she has learned thus far and contribute to the Coalition with her experience, knowledge and passion to make a difference.

Robin Tress

Robin Tress currently lives in Halifax, NS, and studies Environmental Science and Biology at Dalhousie University. Through classes and other experiences, she has become knowledgeable about social justice, climate change, environmental problem solving, natural history, ecology and marine biology. She has always been interested in nature and the environment and became an active environmentalist in 2009 after attending PowerShift in Ottawa. Leading up to COP15 in Copenhagen she co-organized many demonstrations and events in line with CYCC, Sierra Club, and 350.org initiatives. Outside of climate activism, Robin enjoys music, sailing, hiking, reading in hammocks, nap time, and spending time with good friends.

Daniel T’seleie

Daniel T’seleie is a member of the K’asho Got’ine First Nation from Fort Good Hope, Northwest Territories. He now lives in Yellowknife and works with NGOs on climate change mitigation and adaptation.  After spending a year and a half with Yellowknife-based Ecology North as a climate change planner for Tlicho communities, Daniel has recently taken a Northern Climate Internship with Climate Action Network Canada, and is supporting the work of the Northern Voices in the Global Climate Coalition.  Daniel completed high school in Yellowknife before spending the next several years of his life working a combination of jobs and attending McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario where he graduated with a BSc in mathematical sciences in 2007. Prior to his current focus on climate change issues, Daniel has taught math, worked as a photojournalist in Yellowknife and Iqaluit, and held policy positions with the Government of the Northwest Territories.  Despite living in Yellowknife, Daniel considers Fort Good Hope his home, and regularly returns to visit family and go hunting. He also enjoys reading, writing, and playing music with his friends in Yellowknife.

Thea Whitman

Thea Whitman grew up in rural White Rock, Nova Scotia, where her first compost-based forays into environmentalism and sustainability and a love for the outdoors, bolstered by a healthy interest in the world, led her to study environmental biology at Queen’s University. She just finished an M.S. in soil science at Cornell University, where she helped found the graduate student group Climate Change Science and Society.  She is now pursuing a Ph.D. in the same lab, where she studies black carbon and the biogeochemistry of terrestrial carbon cycling, and hopes to ultimately work in policy and academia.  She is lucky to be returning to the CYD after attending COP14 and COP15, where she learned an unbelievable amount and became more motivated than ever to fight for real climate action and to connect young people at home with the climate negotiations.  She is eager to go to Cancún because she is very worried about the future and thinks that it is important that we combine our rights as primary stakeholders (youth) in the climate crisis with our privileges as free and relatively wealthy citizens in Canada to speak out and fight for a just and stable global future.

Jonathan Williams

Jonathan hails from Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is currently completing the last year of his undergrad in International Development at the University of Ottawa. He has been working in community development in different countries in Latin America on and off since 2006, as well as in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Ontario. These experiences have included work with fish-harvesters, small-scale coffee producers and environmental education and activism. He has also worked as a page in the Senate of Canada, providing him with a first-hand opportunity to observe Canada’s parliament in action. In May-June, 2010, Jonathan co-coordinated a six-week trip for Canadian university students to Guatemala, to learn intimately about the challenges of development in that country. He subsequently completed a two-month stint as a literacy camp councillor in two Northern Ontario First Nations communities. Jonathan is passionate about the urgency of climate change as a very great threat to humanity, but also impetus for creating a more just and happier world. He is thrilled to be a member of the Canadian Youth Delegation to COP16 and fervently hopes the meetings will set our global society more ambitiously on a path of reason and justice.

Audrey Yank

My name is Audrey and I’ll be attending the conference in Cancun. I’m a cheerful smiley francophone from Gatineau, quite close to Ottawa but in Quebec. I now live in Montreal where I’ll finish this year my undergrad in Bioresource Engineering at McGill University. I just came back recently for a student exchange in Australia where I got involved with the Australian Youth Climate Coalition on my host campus.

Travelling is one of my passions and I like to combine it with environmental involvement opportunities. Last summer, I did a project in Benin, West Africa, to develop an alternative energy source out of the agricultural waste to replace wood as the fuel of choice in the traditional stoves used by women in rural villages. Since, I’m involved in food security issues. Our project was also selected to be presented at the Canadian Engineering Competition where we  got the environmental awareness prize. In 2007, I also participated in a project with Quebec Without Boarders in Niger on environmental education and community gardening.

I am passionate about outdoor activities and I’m always in for hiking or kayaking. I also really enjoy cooking and playing piano.

CYD-Home Team Leaders Biographies:

Alex Chen

In 2008, Alex Chen, a first-year student at the University of British Columbia, founded his high school’s first environmental club – The Green Team. Under his leadership, the Green Team became eighty members strong and achieved numerous successes. They initiated several awareness campaigns, started a school garden, and created the now-annual E-waste collection that properly disposed of two thousand electronics. They also reached out to their community by presenting workshops to local elementary schools, raising $1200 towards killer whale conservation and educating community members about eating local. Alex also participated in a humanitarian trip building houses and schools in various villages in the Dominican Republic. In addition, Alex has served as Student Council President and on numerous district boards. Alex is a 2010 LORAN Provincial Scholar and the recipient of the 2010 Toyota Earth Day Scholarship, the 2010 RBC Scholarship for Undergraduates, and the 2010 UBC Chancellor’s Major Entrance Scholarship. He is extremely interested in foreign affairs and sustainability and plans to major in International Relations and Environmental Sciences. After his Bachelor’s degree, he intends to pursue a M.B.A or a M.P.P. and foresees a career with the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs or at another International Organization.

Vanessa Deng

Vanessa Deng is currently attending Unionville High School in Markham, Ontario. As a student activist and part of the student council, she assisted and organized numerous environmental campaigns and projects around her community. Following her passion for climate change advocacy, as a part- time job she delivered energy-efficient products to Ontario households. Having lived in various cities and countries, she realizes how different cultures and customs can influence people’s views on the environment. She believes that solving the climate crisis must involve the efforts of everyone and every country. As a member of the CYD-Home Team, she wishes to engage youth across the country on climate change issues and to bring more attention to the Canadian Youth Delegation.

David Gray-Donald

My name is David Gray-Donald, I am 22, I graduated from McGill in June 2010 and focused there on anything and everything environmental. Always concerned about climate change, I became obsessed with it last fall while taking a controversy-filled class entitled “Economics of Climate Change” taught by Chris Green who may (or may not) be a name that comes up in Cancun. He published a paper in “Nature” that has been widely read advocating for HUGE investment in developing low-carbon energy technologies. I keep in good touch with him and wholeheartedly disagree with him on many issues but he nonetheless has a great grasp on exactly what is going on. The economics of the discourse are quickly becoming a focal point and must be adequately addressed in any approach.

I am stationed in downtown Toronto and have been working for Toronto Hydro and Sears Canada both on energy efficiency campaigns. I have connections to much of the sustainability community in the corporate / NGO world in Canada and can quickly pass on any invitations or questions related to COP16.

I am excited for what we can do over the next few weeks.

Brittany Maguire

Brittany grew up in Southern Ontario and has since relocated to Halifax, Nova Scotia, to study Environmental Science and International Development Studies at Dalhousie University. Brittany began getting involved with campus sustainability last year through co-chairing the Environmental Programmes Student Society at Dalhousie. She also helped recruit students and fundraise for transportation to Power Shift, attending the inspiring youth conference with 40 other youth from Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. She then helped organize and participated in “Climate Mob Mondays” and awareness campaigns leading up to COP15. Since then she has found herself engaged in the environmental movement on campus and in the Halifax community. She spent this past summer updating the Third Edition of the Campus Green Guide to Living Sustainably at Dalhousie. She is now helping organize Dalhousie’s annual Green Week at the end of September.  Her interests lie in sustainable communities and the intersection between international development and environmental issues. She is planning to take the winter and summer semesters of next year to work at eco-villages for co-op placements.  She believes that it is really important to increase youth understanding of and engagement in politics regarding environmental issues and is very excited to do her part!

Melissa Matheson-Frost

Melissa Matheson-Frost is a 25 year old Vuntut Gwich’in First Nation (VGFN) woman originally from Old Crow, Yukon. She graduated from the four year First Nations Studies Bachelor of Arts program at Malaspina University-College in 2006. Since then Melissa has worked with VGFN, as well as Alaska Wilderness League, WWF and Sierra Club, travelling to Washington, DC to lobby for the protection of natural habitats in Alaska and the Yukon. She was chosen in 2009 as a youth representative for the National Association of Friendship Centers to attend the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York, NY. There she along with a panel of other Indigenous youth formed a statement to the UN and she presented it to the UN panel on behalf of Indigenous youth of the North. Melissa is continuing to volunteer with various organizations such as the National Centre for First Nations Governance and local friendship centers. Melissa strongly believes in the protection of the rights of mother earth and all my relations; the rocks, trees, fish, bees, wolves, humans, all life forms. She strives for youth empowerment, healing and transference of knowledge.

Kelli McLarty

Kelli McLarty is a very energetic and motivated young lady who grew up in Rankin Inlet Nunavut, a small community in the Canadian Arctic, located along the Hudson Bay. Growing up in the Arctic has drawn Kelli to learn more about the Inuit culture and unique environment that surrounds her. Kelli is a full time student dedicated to her studies and athletics. Currently she is entering her 4th year at the University of Lethbridge, working towards a double degree in Kinesiology and Education. Once she has completed her degrees she hopes to move up back to Nunavut to teach and become a strong active role model in the community.  Kelli is extremely passionate about the Arctic and the preservation of the beautiful land. Over the 20 years of growing up in the Arctic, Kelli has noticed a difference in the land, the weather and effects of climate change. She feels it is especially noticeable living in the Arctic. Kelli is concerned as she’s notices these changes are significantly impacting the Inuit culture and their traditional way of life. She is excited to get involved and share her knowledge of Nunavut and the deep impact climate change has had on the Nunavut territory and the rest of Canada. She feels this experience of being a Canadian Youth Delegate is an excellent way to raise awareness of the emerging climate change crisis, as well as giving her the opportunity to learn share her experiences internationally.

Katie Stiel

Originally from Georgetown ON, Katie moved to Hamilton, ON in 2005 to attend McMaster University. There, as she completed her undergraduate degree in philosophy, her environmental interest was ignited. Having already been involved in numerous school activities, Katie shifted her focus and decided to concentrate on the areas of environmental education, communication and advocacy. In 2007 Katie was hired onto MACgreen, the McMaster Student Union’s environmental service, where she stayed for two years acting as both the Events Coordinator and Director. Her involvement in McMaster Residence Life also lead her to take on environmental leadership within McMaster’s residence system. During her 3 years in residence, Katie founded MACearth, a residence-based environmental stewardship program, and acted as the Sierra Youth Coalition’s Residence Challenge coordinator. After leaving MAC, Katie continues to live in Hamilton and is an active member in her community. She is currently completing, her MA in Environmental Education and Communication at Royal Roads University while simultaneously working for Environment Hamilton. Katie is currently the Good Neighbour Campaign Coordinator, where she is working to open lines of communication between industry and community in order to address the pollution and health issues had by residents living on industry’s back doorstep.

Michelle Thompson

Born and raised in the prairies, Michelle grew up between Regina, Winnipeg and her current home, Saskatoon. After high school, she lived, worked, studied and traveled abroad for three and a half years, where she then returned back to Saskatoon to complete a volunteer internship with Oxfam Canada. From there, she was introduced into the local activist community – joining Transition Saskatoon and leading the Oxfam Campus Club. As a current undergraduate student at the University of Saskatchewan, Michelle is highly involved with the Club Hispánico and often partners with other campus groups when planning awareness events with Oxfam. At the forefront of Michelle`s studies and community based work, the importance of Aboriginal and Women`s rights are always stressed. Her passions include learning languages, sharing and exploring culture and creating mix-media artwork. She sees the voice of youth as a strong force in generating the momentum needed to make change in Canada and worldwide. Michelle recognizes and appreciates the prairies` special place within Canada and brings that unique perspective to the Canadian Youth Delegation.

Naomi Warrier

Naomi Warrier was born and raised in India, graduating in 2001 from Amity International High School in Delhi. She immigrated to Canada with her family in 2002 and graduated from the University of Toronto in 2007 with an Honours Bachelors of Science, with a double-major in Environmental Science and Integrative Biology. She has since then not only gained experience of government process and procedure by working under the Ontario Ministry of Education and Environment Canada, but was also able to gain insight into the non-profit world from both her work with environmental organizations such as the Canadian Association on Water Quality and Centre for Sustainable Watersheds, as well as with her volunteering endeavours with environmental and conservation organizations. Her best professional accomplishment so far has been the successful coordination of a 2 day scientific symposium held jointly by Environment Canada and the Canadian Association on Water Quality. She is currently continuing her education by learning project management at the Chang School of Continuing Education, and hopes to use her skills to increase the awareness of environmental issues and increase public support for global environmental problems.

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Biographiés DJC-Cancún

Malkolm Boothroyd

Malkolm Boothroyd a 18 ans et est originaire de Whitehorse au Yukon. A l’âge de 8 ans, il est devenu activiste en s’habillant en petit caribou pour rejoindre un rassemblement devant l’assemblée annuelle des actionnaires de BP à Londres, pour protester contre les aspirations de BP de forer pour trouver du pétrole dans la réserve sauvage nationale en Arctique. Depuis, il a cherché des façons créatives de combiner l’activisme à son amour du plein air. Quand il avait 15 ans, Malkolm et ses parents sont partis à vélo, du Yukon à la Floride, amassant des fonds pour la conservation des oiseaux et pour la sensibilisation sur les changements climatiques. L’été dernier, il a rejoint Pédalez pour la planète, en vélo de Whitehorse à Ottawa pour exiger les politiciens canadiens de prendre au sérieux les changements climatiques. Cet automne Malkolm est partie en vélo de l’Alaska à Washington DC, se joindre à la randonnée 350.org Solutions Révolution. Il espère que les politiciens américains écoutent leur message, contrairement au gouvernement canadien, qui a ignoré les demandes répétitives de réunions durant Pédalez pour la planète. De Washington, Malkolm parcourt le reste du chemin à vélo jusqu’à Cancun pour rejoindre le reste de la DJC. Suivez les progrès de Malkolm par le biais de son blog sur le site de la délégation!

Jennifer Dagg

Jennifer est originaire de l’Ontario, mais sa passion pour l’environnement et pour les gens du nord du Canada l’a menée à Yellowknife, dans les territoires du Nord-Ouest. Jennifer a obtenu un baccalauréat en sciences de l’environnement à l’Université de Guelph et une maîtrise à l’Université Trent où ses recherches portaient sur les effets des changements climatiques sur le cycle du carbone dans la végétation de la toundra. Pendant son séjour à Trent, elle a été l’une des membres fondatrices d’un groupe de sensibilisation aux changements climatiques et elle travaille maintenant avec le groupe NWT Climate Justice Collective afin de promouvoir les actions locales pour contrer les changements climatiques. Aujourd’hui, Jennifer est analyste technique et politique auprès de l’Institut Pembina où elle travaille avec des membres des Premières Nations, du gouvernement et d’entreprises dans le but de promouvoir l’adaptation aux changements climatiques et de favoriser les énergies renouvelables dans l’Arctique. Par le passé, Jennifer a travaillé pour Parcs Canada et le Grand River Conservation Authority. Elle a aussi fait de l’éducation relative à l’environnement et à l’écologie en Arctique au nord du Manitoba, dans les Territoires du Nord-Ouest et au Yukon.

Catherine Gauthier

Catherine Gauthier a participé à sa première Conférence des Nations Unies sur les Changements Climatiques à Montréal, en 2005. Alors âgée de 16 ans, elle avait été toute désignée pour prononcer l’allocution de la jeunesse devant les 10 000 délégués présents.

Deux ans plus tard, à l’automne 2007, le Secrétaire Général des Nations Unies l’a invité à prononcer une allocution lors d’un événement de haute importance sur les changements climatiques se déroulant à New York. Cette opportunité l’a par la suite transportée à l’autre bout du monde pour la Conférence de Bali la même année.

Son ardeur au travail et son leadership ont été reconnus par ses pairs. Catherine est lauréate d’une bourse d’études provinciale de la Fondation des Bourses du Millénaire de même que du programme de bourses d’études Toyota – Jour de la Terre. L’an dernier, Catherine a pris part à la conférence de Copenhague. Même si les négociations ne se sont pas conclues par un accord légalement contraignant, la jeune déléguée a rencontré le Premier Ministre du Québec, les membres officiels de la délégation canadienne de même que de nombreux  délégués internationaux.

Cette année, la jeune femme fait partie de l’équipe de coordination de la délégation. En plus de son engagement en environnement, elle étudie à l’Université de Montréal en Études internationales et occupe un emploi à temps partiel chez Équiterre.

Arielle Kayabaga

Arielle Kayabaga, fille de Mme Jacqueline Bazahica, née le 2 novembre 1990, à Bujumbura au Burundi. Elle déménagea au Canada en 2001 dans la ville de Montreal où elle habita pendant une année; pour après s’installer dans la ville de London où elle fit son secondaire. Elle gradua en 2008 à l’école secondaire Gabriel-Dumont. Au courant de sa 12ème année au lycée, elle eut sa première experience dans la politique, elle fut invité à faire part à la 2ème rencontre du parlement jeunesse franco-ontarienne organisé par la FESFO(fédération de la Jeunesse Franco-Ontarienne). Elle representa la fédération à plusieurs reprises. C’est à cette periode que son ambition pour la politique grandit. Elle voulut faire la différence en passant par la politique et touchant sur son environnement. Son objectif était et est toujours de sensibiliser la jeunesse pour prendre bien soin de leur environnement et tout ce qui les entoure. En 2008, Elle integra l’université de York dans la ville de Toronto en science politique, elle renforca donc ses connaissances à ce sujet. Elle entre actuellement en 3ème année à l’université de Carleton dans la ville d’Ottawa. Durant ces 2 années, elle fit du bénévolat pour le parti Liberal du Canada notament dans les élections. Elle participa au manifestation pour la lutte contre la polution et pour intérêt aux étudiant aux études post-secondaire. Grâce à ses qualités de bonne communicatrice, elle arriva à se faire entendre par la Jeunesse. Kayabaga, supportera toujours toutes activités organisés par la jeunesse dans le but d’un environnement saint et un monde meilleur.

Emilie Novaczek

Je m’appelle Emilie Novaczek et je suis née et j’ai grandi dans le milieu rural de l’Île du Prince Édouard. Quand j’étais enfant, j’ai beaucoup voyagé et j’ai même passé quelques années en Indonésie. Je me suis installée à Halifax pour le Foundation Year Philosophy Program à l’Université Kings, et maintenant j’étudie une double majeure en Biologie et en développement durable. Je suis impliquée pour l’environnement depuis que je suis toute petite – ma mère avait l’habitude de nous emmener à des manifestations ma sœur et moi. Un de mes premiers souvenirs est un costume de poisson que nous avions durant un rassemblement pour demander des meilleures zones tampons lorsqu’une série de poissons avaient été tué.

Ayant grandi sur la côte, je me passionne vraiment pour les questions maritimes. J’essaie présentement d’aller travailler dans les Caraïbes au cours du semestre d’hiver prochain pour aller étudier le développement durable là-bas ainsi que les récifs coralliens. J’ai aussi été impliquée avec les groupes Les jeunes sur la côte et Les zones côtières du Canada. J’adore aussi vraiment la nourriture! J’ai travaillé pendant six ans au marché des agriculteurs de Charlottetown et maintenant je suis impliquée avec la coopérative alimentaire alternative ici à Kings.

Cet été, j’ai travaillé avec Supernova, grâce à Dalhousie, pour faire des ateliers dans les écoles et dans les camps scientifiques. J’ai aussi été entraîneur d’équitation et photographe dans un studio de photo super antique à Cavendish à l’IPE. En dehors des cours, je m’occupe avec quelques emplois à temps partiel  (ateliers de science et police du campus), Action! King’s (un groupe d’étudiants qui met l’accent sur les droits des étudiants et le développement durable) et le KAFCA (Association de la coopérative alimentaire alternative de Kings).

Michelle Thompson

Née et élevée dans les Prairies, Michelle Thompson a grandi entre Regina, Winnipeg et son domicile actuel, Saskatoon. Après l’école secondaire, elle a vécu, travaillé, étudié et voyagé à l’étranger pendant trois ans et demi et elle est ensuite retournée à Saskatoon pour effectuer un stage de bénévolat auprès d’Oxfam Canada. De là, elle a été introduite dans la communauté activiste local en rejoignant le groupe Saskatoon Transition et en étant à la tête du club Oxfam de son ampus. Comme étudiante de premier cycle à l’Université de la Saskatchewan, Michelle est très impliqué avec le Club Hispánico et s’associe souvent à d’autres groupes sur le campus lors de la planification des activités de sensibilisation en collaboration avec Oxfam.  L’importance des femmes autochtones et des droits des femmes sont toujours soulignés dans de ses études et de ses travaux communautaires. Ses passions incluent l’apprentissage des langues, le partage et la découverte de la culture et la création d’œuvres mix-média. Elle considère la voix de la jeunesse comme une force pour générer l’élan nécessaire pour apporter des changements au Canada et dans le monde. Michelle reconnaît et apprécie l’endroit spécial que représente les Prairies au Canada et apporte ce point de vue unique dans la délégation de la jeunesse canadienne.

Audrey Yank

Je suis Audrey et j’assisterai à la conférence de Cancun. Je suis une francophone souriante et pleine de joie originaire de Gatineau, tout près d’Ottawa, mais tout de même au Québec! Je vis maintenant à Montréal où je terminerai cette année mon premier cycle en génie des bioressources à l’Université McGill. Je reviens tout juste d’un récent échange étudiant en Australie, où je me suis impliquée avec le Australian Youth Climate Coalition sur mon campus d’accueil.

Voyager est une de mes passions, et je tiens à multiplier les possibilités de mon engagement en environnement. L’été dernier, j’ai réalisé un projet au Bénin, en Afrique de l’Ouest, qui consistait à développer une énergie alternative à partir de déchets agricoles pour remplacer le bois, combustible traditionnel, dans les poêles utilisés par les femmes des villages ruraux. Depuis, je me suis impliquée dans les questions de sécurité alimentaire. Mon projet au Bénin a également été sélectionné pour être présenté lors de la Compétition canadienne d’ingénierie, où mon équipe et moi avons obtenu le prix de sensibilisation à l’environnement. En 2007, j’ai également participé à un projet avec Québec sans frontières au Niger et qui visait l’éducation à l’environnement et le jardinage communautaire.

Je suis passionnée par les activités de plein air et toujours prête pour une randonnée ou du kayak. Faire la cuisine et jouer du piano me plaisent également.

Biographiés DJC-Cancún

Brittany Maguire

Brittany a grandi dans le sud de l’Ontario et habite maintenant à Halifax, en Nouvelle-Écosse, pour ses études en science de l’environnement et en développement international à l’Université  Dalhousie. Brittany a commencé à s’impliquer avec Campus durable l’an dernier en tant que co-président du programme de l’association étudiante environnementale de l’Université Dalhousie.
Elle a aussi aidé à recruter des étudiants et à recueillir des fonds pour organiser du transport pour Power Shift où elle a assisté à cette conférence inspirante pour les jeunes canadiens avec une quarantaine de jeunes de la Nouvelle-Écosse et du Nouveau-Brunswick . Elle a ensuite aidé à l’organisation des « lundis de mobilisation pour le climat » et a participé à des campagnes de sensibilisation avant la CdP15, l’an dernier. Depuis, elle s’est engagée dans le mouvement pour l’environnement sur le campus et dans la collectivité d’Halifax. Elle a passé l’été dernier à mettre à jour la troisième édition du guide du campus vert pour un mode de vie durable à l’Université Dalhousie. Elle collabore aujourd’hui dans l’organisation de la semaine annuelle de l’environnement à Dalhousie qui a eu lieu à la fin septembre.

Elle a beaucoup d’intérêt pour les communautés durables et pour le lien entre le développement international et les enjeux environnementaux. Elle prévoit prendre une pause aux sessions prochaines d’hiver et d’été pour réaliser un programme co-op dans un éco-village. Elle croit qu’il est vraiment important d’accroître la compréhension et l’engagement de la jeunesse dans les politiques liées aux enjeux environnementaux et elle est vraiment très heureuse de faire sa part!

Naomi Warrier

Naomi Warrier est née en Inde, où elle a gradué de l’école secondaire Amity à New Delhi. Elle a immigré au Canada avec sa famille en 2002. Naomi a ensuite gradué à l’université de Toronto en 2007 avec un baccalauréat en sciences de l’environnement et de la biologie intégrée.

Depuis sa graduation, elle a acquis de l’expérience sur les procédures gouvernementale en travaillant pour le ministère de l’Éducation de l’Ontario et le ministère de l’Environnement du Canada. Avec ses expériences, elle a également appris à mieux comprendre le monde des organismes à but non lucratif. D’ailleurs, elle a travaillé avec des organismes environnementaux tels que l’Association canadienne de la qualité de l’eau et le Centre de développement durable des bassins versants.

Son accomplissement professionnel le plus important jusqu’à aujourd’hui a été la coordination d’un colloque scientifique de 2 jours qui a été organisé en collaboration par Environnement Canada et l’Association canadienne sur la qualité de l’eau.

Aujourd’hui, Naomi est présentement en train de poursuivre ses études sur la gestion des projets à l’école Chang. Naomi espère utiliser ses compétences pour sensibiliser les gens sur les questions d’environnement et elle espère accroître le soutien du public sur les problèmes environnementaux qui existent à travers le monde maintenant.

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